What a pain in the neck! Chronic neck pain affects hundreds of thousands of people daily. Many people say,“That’s where I carry all my tension!” The neck supports the head, which is like supporting a 12 pound bowling ball all day!
Just moving your head forward one centimeter can make the neck muscles work twice as hard. Most people do this all day while working at a computer. The smallest change in the cervical spine (neck) can cause strong pain, headaches, and reduced mobility. People will often say “oh it’s just muscular,” but in reality, the nerves are what control the muscles.
What causes neck pain? Poor posture while working at a computer or studying, sports injuries, whiplash injuries (even low impact), poor sleeping habits, etc., can be the cause of chronic neck pain. Physical, emotional or chemical stress can affect the frequency and severity of neck pain. For many of us, the neck and shoulders are the “weakest link in the chain” and so stress shows up here. At the Univ. of Colorado, researchers compared chiropractic care to acetomenophin (the most common over the counter pain med) and found that after six weeks significant improvement of reduced pain, increased range of motion and reduced muscle spasm occurred for the chiropractic group. No significant results showed for the medicated group.
Research shows that chiropractic care can reduce or eliminate neck pain, yet many people are fearful to have their neck adjusted by a chiropractor due to the sound during the adjustment, or from what they have heard from other sources. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals trained to correct spinal subluxation (misalignments). Recent studies compiled show that chiropractic manipulation of the neck is hundreds of times more safe than taking NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Ibuprofin. Chiropractic spinal adjustments can help restore the natural alignment and mobility to your spine, helping nerves, discs, and muscles heal properly. You do not have to learn to adapt to chronic neck problems - no one needs to have a real pain in the neck!
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